Catalyst - Boon Support Power DPS

This is a rough draft. Once adequately written, it will progress to the testing stage, where it can be rated by the community. You can help by proposing changes with a comment.

Focused on: Strike damage and Support

Designed for: Raids and Fractals

Overview

A quickness-providing catalyst build. Testing is required to figure out the best rotation to maximise damage.

Following the standard DPS catalyst rotation requires ~65% boon duration.

Skipping the Water Sphere (and possibly dropping Shattering Ice) would allow for a faster loop and probably only require ~35% boon duration.

Arcane feels like bad value as it wouldn't then line up with Grand Finale.


Skill Bar

Hammer
Utility

Skill Variants

  • will provide more burst damage than .
  • will be more damage than on large hitboxes.
  • is a minor DPS loss if you prefer to avoid conjured weapons, or you think you won't get use out of the second one.


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Specializations


Specialization Variants

Replacing Fire with Arcane provides you with extra boon duration and a cooldown reduction of attunements and the jade sphere. This means you could technically provide Quickness Quickness without adjusting your gear, though it would require a different rotation and may not be reliable in real encounters.

  • When providing Quickness Quickness, you will also need to use and .


Equipment

63.7% boon duration

Head
Diviner
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Diviner
Hands
Assassin
Legs
Diviner
Feet
Assassin
Backpiece
Diviner
Accessory
Assassin
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Diviner
Ring
Diviner
Ring
Diviner
Hammer
Diviner
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x9
Infusion
x9


38.1% boon duration

Head
Diviner
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Diviner
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Diviner
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Diviner
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Diviner
Ring
Diviner
Hammer
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x17
Infusion
x1


Consumables

Food:

  • or ascended versions


Utility:


Usage

Rotation fundamentals

Catalyst's rotation can be varied quite a lot, so an outline is provided rather than a strict skill usage. The fundamental goal is to cycle through all four elements, activating the Circular Projectile in each element before releasing them all with and starting the loop again.


Jade Sphere use

During the loop, you also want to deploy your Jade Sphere in Fire, Air and Water. You do not regain the energy needed to cast them while they are active, so Earth is used to regain that energy. The sphere does the same amount base damage in each element, but thanks to the damage buffs you gain while in Fire and Air, these attunements are higher priority. also generates stacks of , and and will last longer if used while standing in and .

If you are not using , you could deploy your Jade Sphere in Earth instead of Water if the Protection Protection would be more valuable than Resolution Resolution.


Glyph of Storms use

should be used either in Fire or Air attunement. Optimal use will depend on phase timings as well as hitbox size - Fire favouring small hitboxes and Air favouring large. Given the damage and cooldown, Fire should be the more efficient option, but the rotation lines up somewhat awkwardly compared to using it in Air, so consider the following:

  • A rule of thumb for elementalist is that your last in each phase should be used in Air, so try to keep an idea of how long you have left when deciding where to use it.
  • As the more powerful option, if you can line Air up with your target gaining Exposed Exposed this will be greatly beneficial - particularly useful in fractals.
  • If your rotation is not particularly tight, you may be better off just casting at the earliest possible opportunity, whether you are in Fire or Air.


Fiery Greatsword use

With the trick (see the Earth section below), Earth has the fewest cooldowns to use, and so is the best time to . Summon after using and (if available) and use then drop the weapon and continue your rotation. The next time you reach Earth, pick the second Greatsword up and repeat.


Fire

In Fire you want to use:


Water

In Water you want to use:

  • - use if available, but don't delay your attunement swap for it


Air

In Air you want to use:

  • .


Earth

In Earth you want to use:

  • - as is your most powerful autoattack, it is a good idea to delay this until your attunement swap is available, then use and immediately swap (this will not interrupt the cast)
  • - use if available, but don't delay your attunement swap for it


Rotation example

While you have opportunities to adjust the element order as needed, in most cases you want your first two attunements to be Fire and Air, followed by Water and lastly Earth. Your choice of starting attunement is largely up to you, but it might be best to base it upon which you wish to open with. If you are providing Quickness Quickness, you should always start in Air to start generating boons as quickly as possible.


Opener in Air

  1. - swap to Fire Attunement Fire Attunement once the cast begins


Fire


Water


Earth

  1. - drop Fiery Greastword immediately after the cast
  2. until Air Attunement is available
  3. - swap to Air Attunement Air Attunement once the cast begins


Air

  1. as soon as it becomes available again
  2. as soon as you hit maximum energy
  3. Fire Attunement Fire Attunement when available
  4. Return to the start of the Fire Section

Keep looping between the four elements, following the advice in the Rotation fundamentals section and adjusting as necessary.


Video example (different rotation)


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